Earlier this year, the Oñate High School Choral Department was notified it had been accepted to sing with other auditioned choirs in a premiere performance of a new piece by Z. Randall Stroope, Carmina Pax. The performance will take place April 5-9, 2019 at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall.

Oñate High School Choral Director Ryan Fellman leads the choir in a performance during the fall concert at the Oñate Performing Arts Center.

This will be the first time that a musical ensemble from Oñate High School will perform at the world-renowned venue.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group of talented students,” said Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing. “I’ve often heard the Oñate choirs perform, and have been blown away by their abilities. There is no question that they are deserving of this honor.”

A panel of choral clinicians associated with Manhattan Concert Productions selected Oñate for this exciting performance opportunity after hearing a recorded performance sent from the previous year.

“Manhattan Concert Productions is committed to excellence in musicianship and personalized hospitality,” said Craig Arnold, Founder, Artistic Director, and President of MCP. “We offer distinctive workshop and performance opportunities to deserving musicians in New York City and based on the quality of the program. We value the opportunity to collaborate with the Oñate Choirs.”

The Oñate High School Choir performs at the fall meeting of the New Mexico School Boards Association, Region VII, meeting on Oct. 23 in the Oñate High School Commons.

The singers are currently fundraising in a variety of different ways, from selling chocolates and collecting sponsorships to babysitting and dog-walking. The cost of the trip is currently set at $1,189 per singer, according to Oñate High School Choral Director Ryan Fellman.

“Year after year, the choirs at Oñate set the tone for a new level of excellence and I am delighted that, after last year’s successful tour of Hollywood, we were able to crescendo into another realm of choral distinction,” Fellman said. “I am looking forward to seeing our forty singers represent Oñate and our community on a national level.”

Those interested in helping the group raise funds for this experience are asked to contact Fellman by email at rfellman@lcps.net.